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Situated on a quiet, alley-like street that is a short walk from the iconic Duomo cathedral and the Galleria dell'Accademia
The Hotel California is tucked away on a quiet, alley-like street that is adjacent to a parking garage. It is in an ideal spot for scouting Florence's many tourist sites, with the iconic Duomo cathedral and famed Galleria dell'Accademia within close walking distance. Restaurants and theaters are also nearby, although be forewarned that the area around the hotel can seem especially dark at night.
Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.
It's more about comfort than style at this 44-room boutique. The gorgeous lobby is perhaps the most lavish part of the hotel, with its marble and stone floors, intricate moldings, and ornate ceiling. Guest rooms, however, are disappointingly no-frills. Most are small and sparsely furnished, with few amenities. The mini-fridges are empty and some of the flat-screen TVs are tiny. A highlight is the quaint rooftop terrace equipped for dining and drinks. The hotel's main selling point is its prime locale, which is great for tourists. However, extra fees -- for anything from Internet access to eggs at breakfast -- detract from its value.